TITLE

Conjugated organic molecules on metal versus polymer electrodes: Demonstration of a key energy level alignment mechanism

AUTHOR(S)
Koch, N.; Kahn, A.; Ghijsen, J.; Pireaux, J.-J.; Schwartz, J.; Johnson, R. L.; Elschner, A.
PUB. DATE
January 2003
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;1/6/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 1, p70
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy is used to determine the energy level alignment at interfaces between three electroactive conjugated organic molecular materials, i.e., N,N'-bis-(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyll-1,1-biphenyll-4,4' -diamine; para-sexiphenyl; pentacene, and two high work function electrode materials, i.e., gold and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/ poly(styrenesulfonate). Although both electrode surfaces have a similar work function (∼ 5 eV), the hole injection barrier and the interfacial dipole barrier are found to be significantly smaller for all the interfaces formed on the polymer as compared to the metal. This important and very general result is linked to one of the basic mechanisms that control molecular level alignment at interfaces with metals, i.e., the reduction of the electronic surface dipole contribution to the metal work function by adsorbed molecules.
ACCESSION #
8781312

 

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